Year 5 and 6 students from partner primary schools were welcomed to Treviglas recently to compete in the annual Complete Core Challenge competition. Teams from Newquay Junior Academy, St. Columb Major Academy, Perranporth School, St. Columb Minor Academy and Goonhavern School took part, with St. Columb Major this year winning the trophy following intense competition.
The morning’s activities began with an exciting set of practical experiments in the science laboratory, when students explored chemical changes. Treviglas science leaders from Year 10 assisted with these challenges, and student leader Rosie said, “It was fantastic seeing how mesmerised the children were by the different chemical reactions.”
Another leader, Harry, commented, “I really enjoyed working with the primary school children and helping them learn more about science.”
During the mathematics challenge, students developed their skills of working out area and volume through a practical challenge. The task was to work out how many chocolate bars would fit into the room and the students embraced this challenge with enthusiasm!
The focus for the English challenge was to analyse a 19th Century text, and again staff were impressed with the way students were able to demonstrate their literacy skills.
At the end of the session the students competed in a quiz-style team event, where they had to put their mathematics and science skills to the test, and spell key words from the English text.
Event co-ordinator, Miss Lianne Milis, science teacher at the college commented on “how wonderfully engaged all the primary students were with all the challenges set. This is the second year this event has run and it is getting bigger and better every year, I can’t wait until next year! The primary schools should be proud of their students and I see many future STEM leaders among them.”
All the primary students enjoyed the Complete Core Challenge, with one enthusing, “Wow! That was so much fun!”
Mrs Kyja King, Assistant Head from St Columb Minor Academy, summed up the event as, “An excellent and motivating opportunity for our learners to challenge themselves across the curriculum exploring many new areas ready for secondary school! A very enjoyable and valuable morning for all!”